I like to mark the traditional occasions in the best way I know how… With baking!
For those who are not familiar with it November 5th in Britain is Bonfire Night. Or otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Night. Guy Fawkes was a man who specialised in explosives and was part of a gang in the early 1600’s who plotted to blow up Parliament. This was a religiously motivated plot and although Guy Fawkes wasn’t the mastermind or leader of the group (that was a man named Robert Catesby) he has become the most famous figurehead for the plot. It is his face the group Anonymous use for their masks (incase you didn’t already know). It is actually a very interesting time in history and I could go on about it but I won’t. If you fancy reading more about the Gun Powder Plot then check out Wikipedia or The History Learning Site.
If I’m honest I find it a little strange that we still celebrate this occasion over 400 years later. Not only do we celebrate it but we burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on top of a bonfire, which is usually made by local school children and often paraded through the streets. This is followed by a fireworks display (in sure its symbolic) that, if your lucky, the event organisers time to music. I can’t guarantee the music will be any good but hey ho. Alongside this all towns and villages across the country get the joys and delights of the fun fare. All in the interest of tradition you understand!
With halloween the week before it is pretty much just a run up to get yours and your childrens’ guts ready for a barrage of sugary treats over the next couple of months.
Anyway… Where was I? Oh yes. Baking. Well to commemorate this bizarre tradition I decide to make some biscuits. Hubby requested vanilla not gingerbread (I am already trying to sneak in the Christmas flavours) so I duly obliged. Next time I’m not going to ask him. I wanted to make some flame or fire ones but I didn’t really have the right food colouring so they didn’t work. Well they worked, and looked like fire, just not of the right colour. What really worked where my Firework biscuits.
I chose to make them with black icing to help the colours stand out. Once the icing had dried over a couple of hours I piped on lines and dots of various colours using a number 1 Wilton nozzle. To make all of the colours including I used Sugarflair gel colours:
- Black: Liquorice
- Purple: Violet
- Green: Lemon/Lime
- Blue: Baby Blue
- Pink: Pink
- Orange: Tangerine/Apricot
Let me know what you think! And stay tuned for more baking extravaganzas… Christmas is coming after all and I have some grand plans….